Issue 7 and Volume 148.

REMOVING SECURITY BARS BY BILL GUSTIN Fear of crime has forced many residents of urban areas to become prisoners in their own homes, living behind iron bars and heavy gates that protect their doors and windows from intruders. The actual or perceived threat of burglary and home invasion has risen to the point in some communities that the citizens have a greater concern for security than they do for fire safety. Fire departments are largely fighting a losing battle in their efforts to educate the public about the dangers of security bars that block escape from a fire. Sadly, fear of intruders far outweighs any concern about being trapped in a fire by iron bars. The crime problem and resulting installation of security bars are growing at a time when many fire departments are experiencing budget cuts. Consequently, fewer personnel may be available to perform the labor-intensive task of cutting,…

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